1 [tar-ee]
verb (used without object), tarried, tarrying.
to remain or stay, as in a place; sojourn: He tarried in Baltimore on his way to Washington.
to delay or be tardy in acting, starting, coming, etc.; linger or loiter.
to wait.
verb (used with object), tarried, tarrying.
Archaic. to wait for.
noun, plural tarries.
a stay; sojourn.

1275–1325; Middle English taryen to delay, tary a delay < ?

tarrier, noun
untarried, adjective
untarrying, adjective

1. rest, lodge, stop, abide. 3. See wait.

1. leave.
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2 [tahr-ee]
adjective, tarrier, tarriest.
of or like tar; smeared with tar.

1545–55; tar1 + -y1

tarriness, noun
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tar1 (tɑː)
1.  any of various dark viscid substances obtained by the destructive distillation of organic matter such as coal, wood, or peat
2.  another name for coal tar
vb , tars, tarring, tarred
3.  to coat with tar
4.  tar and feather to punish by smearing tar and feathers over (someone)
5.  tarred with the same brush regarded as having the same faults
[Old English teoru; related to Old Frisian tera, Old Norse tjara, Middle Low German tere tar, Gothic triu tree]

tarry (ˈtærɪ)
vb , -ries, -rying, -ried
1.  (intr) to delay in coming or going; linger
2.  (intr) to remain temporarily or briefly
3.  (intr) to wait or stay
4.  archaic, poetic or (tr) to await
n , -ries, -rying, -ried, -ries
5.  rare a stay
[C14 tarien, of uncertain origin]

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., "to delay, retard," of uncertain origin. Some suggest a connection to L. tardare "to delay," or O.E. tergan "to vex, irritate." Intransitive meaning "to linger" is attested from late 14c.
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Example sentences
To tarry over raising dividends, never mind suspending them, was seen as a confession of failure.
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